Friday, May 8, 2015

Author Interview - Vanessa K. Eccles

Ever dreamed of a life that reads more like a book? Rowena did until she stumbled into a fairy tale that wasn't so friendly.

Rowena thinks the Grimm’s infamous podcasts are simply another teen fad until she finds herself trapped in a land of nightmarish storybook characters. She tries desperately to flee Mezzanine and return home, but Dresdem, Mezzanine’s wicked monarch, plans to use Rowena’s access to her world to bring dark magic and absolute rule into Georgia and beyond.

But when Rowena’s dear friend Madeline falls into Dresdem’s grasp, her battle with him becomes war, and all hopes of home are temporarily thwarted. With the help of an invisible hero, a beast, and an owl, she sets out to free Madeline from a deadening sleep. But Rowena must become her own hero when she finds herself bound by the kingdom’s darkest family. She must make the ultimate choice – align herself with her enemies or live on the run forever. 

Author Vanessa K. Eccles agreed to an interview. 

1. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in high school?
Woah. That’s a hard one! I have lived so many lives since high school, as all readers and writers have, but I’ll give it a go. I suppose it would have to be when I went on one of the first dates with my now husband. I was sixteen and working every Saturday as a clown. Yep. You read that right. I wore the full get-up too. The makeup, wig, outfit – the works! Somehow the makeup we weren’t suppose to use (because it didn’t come off well) got mixed in with my stuff that day, and when I left to go on our date, I still had two perfectly round red circles on my cheeks. I looked and felt like a goof. But he eventually married me anyway, so who’s the clown now? 
2. If you could invite your favorite literary character to dinner, who would it be and why?
Probably Jacob Grimm from Tom McNeal’s Far Far Away. That’s one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve had a fascination with the Grimms since I spent a year researching them academically. I’d ask him to share all his wisdom and teach me how to tell off bullies in German. 
3. What was the funnest character for you to write in Fabled?
If you’ve read the book, you’re probably going to hate me for this, but the character I had the most fun with was Dekel. He’s the typical teenage boy with an insatiable appetite for pretty girls, and with his infinite power, he’s able to make his dreams come true. His personality was so different than anyone I’d ever written, which made him both challenging and fun for me. 
4. What are you working on now?
I’m currently drafting a young adult southern gothic about an orphan who finds her family in another time, and I’m also working on Book Two of Fabled.
Doesn't the book sound delicious?
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Meet the Author
Vanessa K. Eccles graduated Troy University with a degree in English. She currently serves as executive editor of Belle RĂªve Literary Journal and is founder of the book blog YA-NASisterhood. When she’s not writing or devouring books, she enjoys the lake life with her Prince Charming and their four dogs.


  1. Congratulations, Vanessa! The clown date was funny. Your husband probably thought that if that's the worst thing you could do, he could live with it.

  2. congrats to Vanessa on her book

  3. Congrats Vanessa. haha clowns are supposed to be funny after all, just added some fun to the date

  4. I really love the concept of this book. Dark and sweet at the same time.


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